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Drouin not subject of trade talks by Canadiens, GM says

Bergevin denies report but says forward needs to do more this season

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Jonathan Drouin is not the subject of trade talks by the Montreal Canadiens, general manager Marc Bergevin said Thursday.

"I don't know where they come from," Bergevin told TSN regarding a Sportsnet article that said the forward, who has struggled in the preseason, could be traded. "Most of those reports are from somebody's basement in Toronto, so I don't pay attention to that to be honest with you."

Bergevin did say that Drouin, who is entering his third season with Montreal, needs to be better.

"He has some good moments, but overall, we need more," the GM said. "He's a skilled player, he has talent, he has a lot of attributes."

Drouin, who has one assist in four preseason games, had one shot on goal in 14:46 of ice time in a 3-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. In a 3-0 loss to Toronto on Monday, he was minus-1 and played 11:57, the lowest on Montreal.

"I don't have a take on it," Drouin told Sportsnet. "I'll let you guys tweet about it and talk about it. That's your job, it's not mine."

The 24-year-old forward, who was acquired in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning for defenseman Mikhail Sergachev on June 15, 2017, tied his NHL career high with 53 points (18 goals, 35 assists) in 81 games last season, but had three points (one goal, two assists) in his final 18 games as Montreal finished two points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

"I know last year he had a tough finish," Bergevin said. "He had a good summer, training camp is training camp. He's not the only one who's not up to par right now. I know we're picking on [Drouin], but I can name you a few guys that are not up to par. That's what training camp is all about."

Selected by Tampa Bay with the No. 3 pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, Drouin has 194 points (60 goals, 134 assists) in 322 regular-season games and 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 23 playoff games.

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